The Ground of Certainty

The Ground of Certainty

by Donald G. Bloesch


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The Ground of Certainty by Donald G. Bloesch

In this book Dr. Donald Bloesch sharply diverges from much traditional thinking on the relationship between theology and philosophy and suggests an alternative that is solidly anchored in biblical faith. Instead of seeing this relationship in terms of synthesis or correlation or even simple subordination, he calls for the conversion and transformation of philosophical meanings in the light of the biblical revelation. Philosophy can be of considerable aid to theologians, but they must take care not to let philosophical concepts determine the meaning of faith. Reason can be enlisted in the service of revelation, but it cannot establish the truth of revelation.

Against the irrationalism of contemporary existentialist theology and the rationalism that has pervaded both scholastic orthodoxy (Catholic and Protestant) and liberal philosophical theology, Bloesch proposes an evangelical theology of revelation that seeks to employ reason in the task of understanding the faith. The author upholds not an autonomous reason but an obedient reason, and he shows that this ideal has support in the history of theology as well as in the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579108779
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.63(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Donald G. Bloesch, Ph.D, is Professor Emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has written such books as Essentials of Evangelical Theology, Is the Bible Sexist?, and The Future of Evangelical Christianity. Dr. Bloesch was educated at the University of Chicago, Oxford University, University of Tubingen, and Basel University, where he studied under Karl Barth.

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